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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

We Don't Have to Fend For Ourselves 2

Think of a "giant" you have or are facing. Sometimes God calls us to faith, weeping, fasting, repentance but sometimes He calls us to do nothing but be still so He can do what He has planned. Exodus 14: 14, "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” We tend to forget the previous battles He has fought for us. It is extremely difficult for our flesh to be still and trust God. Yes, I used this verse yesterday and God is still speaking to me through it!

The Israelite's were no different. In Exodus 14, they had come to the Red Sea, and God told Moses He planned to use what was happening as a way to show His power, might, and glory and that He was the Lord above all. When the Israelite's saw the army coming after them, they were terrified. Like us, the Israelite's were spiritually and emotionally weak thinking they would have been better off enslaved where they were safe and well fed! When they saw the army they needed God - that was their only hope! "Moses answered the people, 'Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.'” (vs.13-14) And one of my favorite miracles happened next. God parted the sea! Can you imagine seeing that? "...the Israelite's went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left." (v 22). Pharaoh’s army followed but when God’s people were safely on the other side, God flooded the sea and the army was defeated, with no survivors. God handled everything.

Some translations read, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be silent." Do not speak negativity, doubts or grumbling. This can bring us and everyone else down and causes confusion. Negative speaking can cloud our judgment and be a foothold for the enemy!

When we trust God to fight our battles, we do not experience what often accompanies the conflict such as panic, fear and hopelessness. He will take care of us - we just have to obey and trust. We don't have to fend for ourselves!


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